Iowans among 111 inmate sentences commuted by president

Among the Houston area prisoners receiving commutations were Corey Lyndell Blount, Ronald Lee Blount, Jr., and Warren Dean Cornett, all serving life sentences for drug offenses.

Family and friends of Lanzilotti, who turns 48 on Saturday, had created a petition over a year ago to seek executive clemency, which was delivered to Obama. Mark also completed an intensive two-year correspondence course for a career diploma and certification as a dog obedience trainer/instructor specializing in assistance dogs and animal assistance therapy.

The early releases are for mostly non-violent drug offenders who would receive lighter sentencing if they were convicted now. Sentence Undone: A Life Lost to Drugs A Second Chance for Shauna Barry-Scott According to the White House, Obama has cut the federal sentences of more men and woman than the last 10 presidents combined, and the most since President Calvin Coolidge.

"The 325 commutations the president has granted in just one month is more than any president granted in a single year for almost a century", the White House said.

President Barack Obama on Tuesday shortened the sentences of 111 federal inmates, bringing the total of clemency grants this month to 325.

John Western Thomas, 46, of Albion was sentenced in 2006 in the Western District of MI to life imprisonment, followed by 10 years of probation for possession with the intent to distribute more than 100 grams of cocaine base.

"We must remember that these are individuals - sons, daughters, parents, and in many cases, grandparents - who have taken steps toward rehabilitation and who have earned their second chance", White House counsel Neil Eggleston wrote in a blog post.

The White House said additional commutations are expected before the end of Obama's term. Such legislation has stalled and is unlikely to be approved this year.

Obama has said he wants to imbue the justice system with more fairness, including reforming mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent crimes.

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